The first born, the last post and seven smiles

Hello lovely bloggers, how’s your week been so far? Mine’s mainly been full of cake and reading the super blogs submitted this week. There have been 10 blogs for week 3, all of which I have enjoyed, and I am sure you will too. So, shall we take a look at them?

Let’s kick off with a great theme for a blog, and one which I might make this week’s [entirely optional] theme. Seven things that made me smile today  by Diane Sims shares some of the simple things in life, the small encounters which can make us smile and which in a fleeting moment we can easily forget how that made us feel. Try to note down seven things which made you smile and think good, feel good this week.

Another blog which also made me smile this week was Toasty toes…   by Carol Woolley.  Carol has been getting creative this week, getting handy with the crochet hooks and has managed to create a fantastic pair of Mary-Jane slippers to keep her toes toasty. A great photo accompanies this blog, and we look forward to seeing what Carol creates next. This blog also shows that a blog doesn’t need to be very long, that a great photo with a few words around it is all it needs to blog. Janet Davis also shares images for her week 3 submission in Paintings and a drawing from the 1990s   Janet rediscovered some paintings and drawings which includes landscapes and portraits as well and some happy looking geraniums.

Another artist, Louise Atkinson blogs about the relationship between artists and museums. In Practice as research   Louise considers how artists have intervened in museums, either through being commissioned to respond to the collection, creating interpretive works, or sometimes even uninvited. One area which Louise looks at is the way contemporary artists help museum visitors interpret the artefacts of the past.

To celebrate his 33rd birthday Karl S Green shares 33 Karl Facts about himself. From favourite children’s programmes and his rendition of  Red Dwarf song to his love of films and having 13 games consoles, I feel like I know Karl a little better now. What facts would you share about yourself? You could always blog them for another [entirely optional] theme this week.

Some work related blogs this week begin with Shift happens an insightful blog from Phil Jewitt who shares with us the work he is doing at Leeds City Council to encourage services to use social media and become more sociable. He shares how through the support and guidance offered, services are coming forward and dipping their toe in this changing way of working and the difference this is having on customers and service users.

The  Good Practice Exchange Wales Audit Office blog this week on a webinar they hosted looked at cloud computing. This webinar made a change from the seminars they have hosted previously and the blog offers a useful evaluation of the session which is very helpful for anyone considering hosting webinars. Webinars and cloud: breaking new ground  also shares the presentations of the session, which includes one from Government Digital Services on G-cloud – very interesting for anyone interested in cloud computing.

Finally some emotional blogs to finish with Karen Hart has previously shared with us blogs on the illness and death of her Father. In The Last Post  Karen blogs about her Father’s funeral and the coming together of those who loved him to join in remembering how kind, liked and respected a gentleman he was.  Another moving blog this week from Ann Gow on the Ayrshire Health Blog. Ann shares with us a recent sad time for her family following the death of an Aunt. In Cultural differences Ann describes how due to culture, alongside the wishes of her Aunt, the family reacted to the death, and how that other cultures may react differently to death. Ann considers how healthcare professionals can become patient centred in death as well as in care.

I have to admit that when I read Peter Bryden  account of the birth of his first child I had tears running down my face. Peter and his wife did not experience the care you would expect during what became a very traumatic and stressful delivery. Peter shares how there was a lack of information, communication and compassion from some hospital staff, which left him and his wife feeling confused, alone and a burden. When considering why staff may have behaved in such a way Peter believes that they had become transactional and lost the link with each individual’s personal patient experience. A parent in the Healthcare system (and proof I did not steal the DaVinci) is a reminder to all healthcare professionals.

And that’s your lot. Please read, like, comment and share as many as you can, it’s a real motivator.  If you want to have a go a writing a blog for week 4, then you can find out how on our About page. You have two [entirely optional] themes this week:-

1)    Seven things that make you smile

2)    Share some facts about yourself.

If you want to have a go at being the Weekly Blog Club host and curator for a week, and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you, there’s an easy step by step guide on how to on our Admin info page. Go on, what have you got to lose?

Until next time, take care of yourself, keep blogging and have yourself some cake, those new year’s resolutions are long gone.

Kate x

Kate Bentham

  1. The Last Post   by Karen Hart
  2. A parent in the Healthcare system (and proof I did not steal the DaVinci) by Peter Bryden on the Dumfries and Galloway Health Blog.
  3. Practice as research   by  Louise Atkinson
  4. Cultural differences by Ann Gow on the Ayrshire Health blog
  5. Shift happens by Phil Jewitt
  6. Webinars and cloud: breaking new ground   by  Good Practice Exchange Wales Audit Office
  7. Seven things that made me smile today  by Diane Sims
  8. Toasty toes…   by Carol Woolley
  9. Paintings and a drawing from the 1990s  by  Janet Davis
  10. 33 Karl Facts. by Karl S Green
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Working in local gov, managing a frontline service for families. I love Shropshire, love family and love information and blog about all three. There is also the occasional mention of cake and caek.

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One comment on “The first born, the last post and seven smiles
  1. Wow, what a great collection of blogs this week, and they’re all really varied too. Thanks for compiling them!

    – Dyfrig

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